[T]his collection is interesting and timely, and the attempt of many of the essays to re-establish what their authors usually call a humanistic criticism is a welcome and useful provocation." -Donald Gray
In this series of essays from Novel: A Forum on Fiction, a pantheon of scholars explores the conflict between "humanist" and "posthumanist" responses to questions about the novel's relevancy in postmodern times.
Acknowledgments Mark Spilka and Caroline McCracken-Flesher Preliminaries I. The New Series Poetics Panel Marianna Torgovnick "The Present and Future States of Novel Criticism": A Hopeful Overview Mark Spilka "Still Towards a Poetics of Fiction?": No-And Then Again Yes Don H. Bialostosky Booth's Rhetoric, Bakhtin's Dialogics and the Future of Novel Criticism Bernard Duyfhuizen Mimesis, Authority, and Belief in Narrative Poetics: Toward a Transmission Theory for a Poetics of Fiction Richard Pearce "The Present and Future States of Novel Criticism": Our Two-Headed Profession Daniel R. Schwarz The Case for a Humanistic Poetics II. Four Precursors Roy Pascal Narrative Fictions and Reality: A Comment on Frank Kermode's The Sense of an Ending Terrence Doody Don Quixote, Ulysses, and the Idea of Realism Nancy Armstrong The Rise of Feminine Authority in the Novel Steven Cohan Figures beyond the Text: A Theory of Readable Character in the Novel III. The Conference The Editors Why the Novel Matters: A Postmodern Perplex Keynote Address David Lodge The Novel Now: Theories and Practices The Novel as Subjective Mode Leo Bersani Flaubert's Encyclopedism Kaja Sivlerman Too Early/Too Late: Subjectivity and the Primal Scene in Henry James Alan Singer The Voice of History/The Subject of the Novel The Novel as Ethical Paradigm Patricia Meyer Spacks The Novel as Ethical Paradigm Robert Scholes The Novel as Ethical Paradigm? Daniel R. Schwarz The Ethics of Reading: The Case for Pluralistic and Transactional Reading The Novel as Cultural Discourse George Levine The Novel as Scientific Discourse: The Example of Conrad Khachig Tololyan Discoursing with Culture: The Novel as Interlocutor Charles Altieri Finnegans Wake as Modernist Historiography The Novel as Therapeutic Discourse Joseph Gold The Function of Fiction: A Biologic